Plague (Gone Series #4)
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Plague (Gone Series #4)

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by Michael Grant
     
 

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It's been eight months since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

They've survived hunger. They've survived lies. But the stakes keep rising, and the dystopian horror keeps building. Yet despite the simmering unrest left behind by so many battles, power struggles, and angry divides, there is a momentary calm in Perdido Beach.

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It's been eight months since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

They've survived hunger. They've survived lies. But the stakes keep rising, and the dystopian horror keeps building. Yet despite the simmering unrest left behind by so many battles, power struggles, and angry divides, there is a momentary calm in Perdido Beach.

But enemies in the FAYZ don't just fade away, and in the quiet, deadly things are stirring, mutating, and finding their way free. The Darkness has found its way into the mind of its Nemesis at last and is controlling it through a haze of delirium and confusion. A highly contagious, fatal illness spreads at an alarming rate. Sinister, predatory insects terrorize Perdido Beach. And Sam, Astrid, Diana, and Caine are plagued by a growing doubt that they'll escape—or even survive—life in the FAYZ. With so much turmoil surrounding them, what desperate choices will they make when it comes to saving themselves and those they love?

Plague, Michael Grant's fourth book in the bestselling Gone series, will satisfy dystopian fans of all ages.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Stacey Hayman
The flu has already hit Perdido Beach once, so when kids start complaining of severe, flu-like symptoms, it is thoughtlessly dismissed. The dwindling supply of drinkable water is a bigger concern, but Albert has a plan. Albert wants Sam to take a few other mutant kids to scout a fresh water lake for possible relocation: a good plan, but bad timing. The flu has evolved into something even the Healer cannot fix, with a lung-expelling cough preceding death, and the Gaipahage is creating an army of nearly indestructible bugs that hatch from the body of a living host. If a kid can survive the plague, he might just live long enough to run from the bugs. Multiple, intricate storylines are progressing from previous installments and lingering questions have been answered, making room for new troubles. The author continues to successfully juggle a large cast of characters with complex thoughts and feelings, while providing plenty of intense action sequences, kicking the reading of this book from fast-paced into hyperdrive. The characters' interior struggles are almost as vivid as the action, with worry over the person they are becoming and how they will be viewed if they ever get out. The level of gross-out violence has grown along with the series and may be uncomfortable for readers with a weak stomach. One established couple begins an adult physical relationship and ends with a possible pregnancy, but details are not included. Readers new to the series should start at the beginning and current fans will be satisfied—for now. Reviewer: Stacey Hayman
Kirkus Reviews

Readers who have stuck with the Gone novels up to now will perhaps find enough in this fourth installment to satisfy them on the road to the conclusion that's likely another 1,000 pages away. Others, not so much. With very little recap of life in the FAYZ, it's easy to become mired in the tedious goings-on of the endless cast of nearly indistinguishable, unlikable, power-hungry characters who are beset by dual plagues—flu and an infestation of parasitic insects that become giant, metallic killer bugs on a rampage. Clunky writing is at times reminiscent of a B movie, at others of a romance novel: "Yes, yes, she wanted him. She wanted to be in his arms. She wanted to kiss him. And maybe more. Maybe a lot more." The distinction in the FAYZ between Freaks and Normals is not made clear, at least not before this dialogue: " 'You and me, we're normal people. We're not black or queer or Mexican And we're the ones digging toilets'...'Astrid's a normal white person'... 'Sam's a freak, and I think he might even be a Jew.' "Pete, an autistic boy at the heart of the battle with the Darkness, is referred to as a "mutant retard," "freaktard," or just plain " 'tard." Utterly missable.(Science fiction. 12 & up)

Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)
Praise for PLAGUE“The very definition of a page-turner.”—ALA Booklist“The characters’ interior struggles are almost as vivid as the action. Fans will be satisfied—for now.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061449123
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/05/2011
Series:
Gone Series, #4
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
214,403
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.70(d)
Lexile:
HL570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

Michael Grant is nothing like Mack MacAvoy. He travels all over the globe, he has a bit of a sarcastic streak, and he secretly suffers from belonephobia, a fear of needles. Seriously: Do not invite him to a sewing bee. Or a tattoo parlor. Okay, fine, maybe he's a little like Mack MacAvoy.

Michael is the New York Times bestselling author of the Gone series and has written a total of 150 books (yes, you read that right: one hundred and fifty). He wrote most of his books with his wife, Katherine Applegate (K.A.), but the action-packed thrillers in the Gone series are all his. As is his newest series, the Magnificent Twelve, in which he delves into his inner (or, some might say, not so inner) child to create Mack, the unlikeliest of heroes.

When Michael isn't busy writing, he likes to travel, stare blankly at the TV, waste hours clicking aimlessly around the internet, listen to rock music and sing along in a nasal voice, complain, and go out to eat.

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Plague 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 519 reviews.
IceyBooks More than 1 year ago
My reaction after I read the last line of Plague? I was speechless, is all I can say. All you need to know is that I am DYING to read the fifth book, when the fourth hasn't even been released yet. But you need to know more, don't you? Michael Grant's writing style is unique in every way. Believe me when I put him right next to JK Rowling. He belongs there. And I mean it. For those of you who have read the first three books in the Gone series, you are well aware of the many different things happening at once. Every one and a half to two pages of so, we leave one character hanging from a cliff and run of to another. And its not just two of them. There are about four or five different things going on at once and in the end, everything ties together in one perfect ending. To me, that's beyond words (as you can tell from my weak explanation). To me, that's sheer genius. In the latest installment of the Gone series, Sam and the kids in the FAYZ are far from content. Water is scarce, a horrifying sickness is spreading, and mutilating, sickening bugs are hatching out of human bodies. That's right, hatching out of the kids - and they can't even feel a thing. Sam, with some of Perdido Beach's best fighters, is sent to scout for water, while Astrid is contemplating murder, and Caine is living luxuriously on the island. But of course, this is the FAYZ, nothing lasts long. Heart pounding, thrilling, and all-around unputdownable, Plague is a masterpiece.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series! Its almost like the hunger games, except not as violent. But still, this book is kinda dark. I love all the characters and the plot line, but it just feels like the characters have turned into different people. Take Lana, for example. She was so much kinder and sweeter in the first book. Now shes a different person. Shes so bitter and she doesnt like people anymore. I know why, and I know this is to be expected, but it still makes me so sad. And Sam and Astrid have changed a lot too. But all in all, this has become one of my favorite series (and believe me, it is not easy to earn that title). It has a good plotline, and it leaves you begging for more. At the end of every chapter, you are almost shaking with anticipation. I suggest this book for teens into the hunger games and dystopion society stuff. Im already waiting the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wrote this really long elaborate review, then accidently deleted it :( Anyways, read the book, its awesome (read the first three before this one, though)
SpartanReading More than 1 year ago
Plague by Michael Grant is an incredible book, the fourth in the Gone series. In Gone, everyone over age 15 in the sleepy California town of Perdido Beach suddenly disappears, leaving the kids stranded in the FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone) in a desperate battle for survival. Sam Temple becomes mayor, but is soon confronted with many problems. This time, it's a killer plague, monster beetles, and an extreme water shortage. The plague kills by extreme coughing spasms. The beetles crawl into the host, then lay eggs and burrow out. The larvae soon follow, eating the victim from the inside out. I would recommend this book to all fans of apocalyptic fiction because at some points the characters take extreme risks to survive (such as Sam diving inside the mouth of the beetle queen). Also, there is tons of action. I give this book 5 stars out of 5 because it has excellent character development, and stellar action scenes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The theme of a dystopian society was a brilliant decision. Each word of every chapter fits together like some magnificent puzzle. Michael Grant is a truly amazing author! I love how after every couple paragraphs, he cleverly inserts a never-expected cliff-hanger, leaving you wanting to never put his books down. With all of the Gone series books, it seems as if the amount new problems never run out. The characters are probably the best part about this book. They all have specific views, opinions, thoughts, and quirks; that define them as their own unique individual. The descriptions in this book also leave your mind spinning in a whirl of images and scenes. Michael Grant turned his wild imagination into a pile of unedited papers wrought with pencil marks, into solid book of realiy. A book that sends you into a passing phase, that teleports you into, the FAYZ. The only thing I would change is the cover. If it were up to me, books wouldn't have covers, so they couldn't be falsely judged. We, as humans, tend to judge books and people by their outside, and not what's on the inside. Inside of the GONE covers, is creativity, thought, and a lot of effort. -I'm with Caine all the way, and I would hate to see Drake die.
Kayla Gentile More than 1 year ago
I have absolutely loved every book in the Gone series and this one certainly did not dissapoint! It had action and romamce and even a little comedy, practically everythimg a good book shoulf have. I couldn't put it down which was kindof upsetting because the whole thing was over in such a short time and now the next one's not out for a whole year! But still this is one of my favorite series and I can't wait to sea it continued!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is right up there with a few of my other favorites.. Twilight and Hunger Games. I could not put the book down. It took me a little more than a day to read. Then I had to go and by the next and the next and so on. Now after a week or so I am more than ready for the 6th book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
<3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book i loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AMAZING AND GREATLY WRITTEN
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wonder when they will make out.i am onli on chapt 12
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't live without these book. GO SAM
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have to read this series or else!!!- Bella
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To the guy who said that it was nasty that the girl on the covers bra was showing. One that might not be her bra it could just be another shirt. Two even if it was her bra it's the side of her bra which isn't nasty at all. Also to the people who say that it was too sexy; You just can't handle it. You are not grown up enough to be able to read it. I love the series because it is so gritty and down to Earth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SPOILER ALERT COME ON REALY YOU TOTALLY SIAD SOMETHING WAY TO IMPORTIAT?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished reading this series a couple of months ago (been reading other great books but not as good as this series and yes i am a massive reader) and instatly feel in love with this series since page 1 of gone!! I love the story line with bits and pieces of romance (not recommended for younger readers than me. Trust me when i say this!) ,great action, and one of the best story lines I've ever read! I've been waiting and waiting for the 5th book to come out! Definatly number 1 on my recommended list for all my friends. Just one note, this book is really discriptive with lots of detail and if you don't do well with blood, violence, and (sorry if this is gross) sex then i'm sorry tell you that you may not enjoy this book as well as others :( well just some help from 1 book lover to the new gone series lovers! ENJOY READING!! :))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome. Could not revert my eyes from my nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished Fear and almost died from the amazingness that is Michael Grant. If you loved the other books in the Gone series, you'll love Plague and Fear. Especially Fear. With most book series i have read, the first is typically the best and the quality declines as the series continues. But with the Gone series, the quality is just as exciting, gruesome and absolutely thrilling as the first book was!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok i read the others and this one looks goodf but whts everyone sayin tht the fith oe needs to come he has to wright it frist so chill ppl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is the one in da background a boy or gurl.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. I'm still in shock and i read this in like april. I loved the idea of the sickness, i knew eventually an epidemic would be going on in the FAYZ &hellip; i couldnt believe Astrid sacrificed her autistic brothers life, but she had to even though it didnt help at all, i actually thought it would
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ITS ANOTHR PERFECT BOOK! A bit dark at time but good nonetheless
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not for someone with a weak stomach. It still was amazing though. Never wanted to put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series has been incredible. Pulling the reader in, the author's complex characterization never fails to amaze. This is definitely one of my favorite series of books. I highly recommend this series. I would start with the first book and read them in order (Gone, Hunger, Lies, Plague, Fear).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you can take lots of blood and gore, and you're at least 13 (I'm being a hypocrite herem twice!) this is a great book. This book was so great, I even had a dream about it (it included a toilet plubger stuck to Caine's face and a lot of explosions). There were some . . . graphic parts, and some stuff my mom would have a fit about if she knew I was reading it. The author describes the setting so well, I can almost imagine myself in there. The only thing stoping me is my severe gluten and milk allergy, and a medical condition I have. I'd probably be dead within a week if I were in the book, but needless to say, I LOVED this book. :)